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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Tuesday February 28

Bill Laurence Group - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £17.40.
Alex Munk's Flying Machines - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Collective @ Hoochie Coochie. April 10.

Tim Bloomer (gtr); Dominic Snaith (pno); Martyn Dixon (bs); Paul Crown (dms) + Elliott Todd (tpt/flug).
The young guns were on target once again with their brand of jazz rock, funk, fusion call it what you will. The influences were many ranging from heavy metal to Herbie Hancock. This month's guest, Elliott Todd, first heard at a Jazz Café Jam, excelled on trumpet and flugel at times bringing to mind those days of yore when Miles dipped his toes into the muddied waters of rock and roll.
Keep an eye out for Elliott at a gig near you.
Tim, needless to say, led by example laying down some strong lines and soloing with much aplomb. Dominic hit the Hammond button and laid down the kind of groove you'd only expect to get from a fully grown B3.
On bass guitar, Martyn gave solid support and Paul Crown is surely one of the most underrated drummers around.
Maybe just another day at the office but, nonetheless, an enjoyable one.
Lance.
PS: Good to see Chris Jelly digging the sounds..

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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